Shunpike partners with city and community business leaders in Seattle and several Puget Sound cities to activate downtown cores by matching artists and arts groups with vacant storefronts. This program is part of an international wave of community-driven collaboration between neighborhoods, cities, businesses and artists.
Storefronts Seattle began in early 2010, when members of the historic Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods sought solutions for the growing number of vacant storefronts in the area. The Seattle program has since activated storefronts in Belltown, Capitol Hill, the International District, Pioneer Square, South Lake Union, and the Waterfront, in addition to the International District and Pioneer Square.
Shunpike has also taken the Storefronts program to several other cities in the Puget Sound area, including Auburn, Bellevue and Mount Vernon.
Andrew Pogue is a photographer specializing in architecture and the built environment and is documenting Storefronts as an on-going personal project.